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Some customers have been reporting TV glitching issues in Media Center 2005, and Dave Fleischman has narrowed down one of the root causes to be an issue with dual core AMD systems. He got a hold of one of these machines and was able to easily reproduce the issue, and further research showed that the problem affected other applications (specifically, games) and not just Media Center. Fortunately AMD has released a processor update pack on their hotfix website to address this issue. If you are running into this issue, you will want to download and apply this update for the dual core processor from that site.
Nice that AMD has released a patch for their processor. Any ideas about Intel 820 dual core 2.8GHz? I have a ONE YEAR OLD Gateway 5014 that has spent its first year of life being RMA'd. Gateway tech now refuses to assist. It was unable to run MCE (50% functional) right out of the box... now it's 80% functional - at least MCE works, somewhat.
My problem is that the image freezes every 24 seconds (just image, software and OS are fine). I have to either hit REPLAY or STOP then OK for it to continue. The 24 second freeze is pretty consistent. This freeze affects both Live TV and playback of recorded shows.
I recently upgraded the case fan and that cooled the CPU by about 5-10C and I also just upgraded the video card to an ATI Radeon XL800 card thinking there may be incompatibility with the stock on-board video, but no improvement on MCE playback. Help!
I now have Vista Media Center RTM running with a twin tuner Terratec TV card (2400iDT) and am getting really fed up with Media Center stuttering.
I've gone through Bios updates, just tried the latest nvidia drivers, moved the video over to a striped volume etc.
Interestingly though for me is that the Terratec "Home Cinema" package can show & record live TV *with no stuttering whatsoever* yet Vista Media Center CANNOT.
I've not yet found a precise pattern to the stuttering though.
This suggests it's something media center specific for me... or perhaps just that the terratec software does more buffering?
I too have a Pentium D 820 2*2.8Ghz though!